The origins of the
Finnish Lapphund goes back to the dogs kept by the Lapp
people. These European natives lived in the area known as Lapland, which
includes Sweden, Finland and part of Russia and Norway. The dog, once called
the Lapland Dog, came to England with the Normans. The dogs that were adopted
by the Finnish dog lovers became known as the Finnish Lapphund . The dogs
that endeared themselves to the Swedes became known as the Swedish Lapphund.
To avoid creating problems between the Swedish and Finnish breeders,
the FCI recognizes both as a separate breed, however, it is questionable
as to whether they are actually two different dogs.
Because of their constitutions and good-natured
dispositions, Finnish Lapphunds are a welcome part
of many European households and fine draught dogs.
Height - 18 to 21 inches (46 to 53 cm). Weight - 44 to 47
(20 to 21 kg).
Coat type - plush, long and thick, with heavy under-wool.
Fringing is generous on the legs and tail with a mane at the neck and head.
Color - almost any color, provided it dominates over any
white symmetrical markings showing.
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